I knew heading on this trip that Prague and Budapest were hipster-hangouts (Bohemia, after all, is in Prague). But little did I know that the third-wave of coffee had hit these cities hard, and the world is better for it.
The third wave is, in many ways, a reaction. It is just as much a reply to bad coffee as it is a movement toward good coffee. – Trish R. Skeie, Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters
- English, it seems, is the language of third-wave coffee (obviously while also being the language of the world economy). Menus, items for sale, brewing methods etc. were all in English. It made my life easy.
- The coffee shops (espresso bars, roasting labs, cafes etc.) are concentrated in the same areas, mostly.
- The third-wave is fairly new in Prague and Budapest, but has a firm grasp. Most shops have started within the last 4 years.
Now, for the good part…pictures.
Our first stop…EMA Espresso Bar
Third stop…La Boheme Cafe
While we loved the coffee in Prague, Budapest had a lot more options. It seems like specialty coffee has deeper roots, or at least is spreading quicker, in Budapest.
Stop #1…Sock’s Coffee
Stop #2…My Little Melbourne
Stop #3…Tamp & Pull
Stop #5…Espresso Embassy
Stop #6…Blue Bird Cafe
We didn’t get to visit all the shops on our list…but that just gives us reason to go back! Until next time Prague, and Budapest…
Oh…and this sums up our coffee tour…